This summer, Aii Founder Brigham McCown embarked on a cross-country road trip in his Tesla Model 3 from Seattle, WA to Washington, D.C. When he made it to Cincinatti, Aii team member Benjamin Dierker jumped in his gas-powered car to race to the nation’s capital from South Carolina.

Watch these Aii team members as they race to Washington, D.C. from the same distance. See the differences in their experience with costs, fueling times, and even road noise!

All in all, the exact cost difference is difficult to calculate. The EV started from a full charge through an at-home charger, then spent $36.34 in charging fees along the way. The total drive time was around 9 hours for the Tesla. In contrast, the Toyota Corolla started the journey from empty and filled up a full tank at the outset, then filled up again just before the trip ended. The total $80 in fueling resulted in only 20 minutes of off-highway time, and the trip ended in only 8 hours and 20 minutes and still three-quarters of a tank!
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Written by Benjamin Dierker, Director of Public Policy
Video editing by Andrew Jefferis, Media Coordinator


The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii) is an independent, national research and educational organization. An innovative think tank, Aii explores the intersection of economics, law, and public policy in the areas of climate, damage prevention, energy, infrastructure, innovation, technology, and transportation.